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Rep. Johnson issues statement against violence

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson narrowly missed being present during a shooting at a GOP team baseball practice session Wednesday. He subsequently took to social media to inform his followers that he was fine, to offer prayers for those injured and, later, to issue a video ...

Schmidt leaving Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston

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WHEELING — The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston soon will begin the search for a new superintendent of schools, as Vincent de Paul Schmidt announced he is leaving to oversee Catholic education for the Diocese of Toledo. Schmidt, who came to Wheeling about six years ago to oversee Catholic ...

ODOT Prepares For Project on National Road

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LANSING — Commuters who utilize U.S. 40 in Brookside and Lansing soon will have to find another route, at least temporarily. The Ohio Department of Transportation is preparing for several culvert repair projects in Belmont County, including one that will take place along National Road near ...

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9th Annual Loop Fest

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T-L Photo/ KAYLA VAN DYNE Shadyside holds its 9th annual Loop Fest. The opening ceremony consisted of the singing of the National Anthem by Robert “Moose” Dodrill and prayer led by Pastor Joel Traylor. A parade and lightning of the laterns followed as well as a car show. On Saturday, ...

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Annual Salad Luncheon

Community

Alberta Padyjasek and Roy Lucas, both of Colerain, enjoy the annual Salad Luncheon to benefit the Daily Bread Center food pantry held at St. Mary School gymnasium in Martins Ferry on Thursday. The pantry is operated by 11 local churches, each of which donates nine salads, four desserts and ...

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Supervisor Pamela Morris displays the always popular onion loaf offered at Damon’s Restaurant.

Diverse menu at Damon’s Grill and Sports Bar

Business

STEUBENVILLE — Whether it’s famous barbecued ribs, ribeye steak or onion loaf, Damon’s Grill and Sports Bar in Steubenville is sure to please customers with their diverse menu. Supervisor Pamela Morris said the restaurant continues to offer guests great food in a friendly ...

Union Local discussing summer programs

Community

BELMONT – The Union Local Board of Education discussed continuing summer improvements and addressed an upcoming agreement between the school district and the teacher’s union during the Thursday meeting. Discussion touched on the negotiations for a new contract with the union. A special ...

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Project Forward committee members wear T-shirts that will be given to volunteers who help with efforts to revitalize Martins Ferry. The shirts were donated by Hot Rod Tattooing and Body Piercing. The members include, from front left, Rita Randall, Sherri Stratton, Rick Rodgers, Betty Suto, Marian Klier, Melissa Yeso and Megan Simcox. Back row, from left, Dan Stephens, Brooke Robinson, Mayor Robert Krajnyak, Chuck Schorr, Barb Ballint, Anthony Orsini, Sue Douglass, Andrew D’Cagna, Chris Cleary and the Rev William Webster.

Community project moving forward in Martins Ferry

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MARTINS FERRY – A new endeavor gets underway in the Purple City two weeks from today, and organizers gathered Thursday to put some finishing touches on their plans. Members of Project Forward, a committee formed to spur revitalization efforts in the wake of an October fire that destroyed ...

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Bellaire Mayor Vincent DiFabrizio and Clerk Tom Sable hear several complaints from residents about sewer issues and problems with neighboring dilapidated buildings.

Amid financial crunch, Bellaire may dissolve police department

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BELLAIRE — In an effort to find savings in the cash-strapped village, Bellaire leaders may dissolve their police force in hopes the Belmont County Sheriff’s Department can lead the way. Although the village is plagued by drug activity that sometimes escalates into violent crime, Bellaire ...

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Cadiz Village Council members Thomas Crawshaw, left, and Dan Ossman, fill out a survey at Thursday’s meeting. Council members were asked to fill out a quick questionnaire regarding tobacco free outdoor spaces, both before and after listening to a speaker on the subject.

Council discusses tobacco measures

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CADIZ — Members of the Cadiz Village Council heard from a group trying to curb tobacco usage in the area among other business Thursday night. Caitlin Mathews and Tina Marini, community health educators with the Carroll County General Health district, came before the council to speak to them ...

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Murder/rape cases arraigned

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — A man accused of a fatal shooting in Bellaire and another man accused of raping two girls over a 20-year period both pleaded innocent to the charges against them on Thursday, David Carl Kinney 30, of Brilliant was arraigned and pleaded innocent to charges of murder and ...

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Area high school students are honored with the 2017 Bordas & Bordas Anti-Bullying Fighting for Justice Award. Gathering in front of the law firm’s Wheeling office, front row from left, are award winners Hannah Dieffenbaugher, Jasmine Jasenec, Maiah Miller, Amelia Jones and Carleigh West; and back row, Senior Partner James Bordas, Managing Partner Jamie Bordas and award winners Naomi Clutter and Rhett Schodzinski. Not pictured are award winners Kallee Dowler, Joy Henthorn, Trey Miller, Tierra White, William Fox, James Lodi, Jeremy Hagilouizou and Sidney Woglemuth.

Anti-bullying ambassadors honored

Community

WHEELING — The Bordas & Bordas law firm honored 15 area high school students for speaking out against injustice and standing up to bullying during a reception at its National Road office Wednesday. Each winner of the Bordas & Bordas Anti-Bullying Fighting for Justice Award received ...

National Guard personnel assist with the cleanup from the Wegee Creek flood in 1990. After the initial disaster had passed, aid poured into the area from both in and out of state, assisting the Belmont County Emergency Management Agency and other local first responders.

Shadyside marks anniversary of deadly flood

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SHADYSIDE — As most residents of the Ohio Valley enjoyed the summer weather Wednesday, one community recalled a deadly disaster that occurred nearly 30 years ago. On June 14, 1990, heavy rain pounded the Ohio Valley. It is estimated that close to 3 or 4 inches fell in less than an hour, ...

Ferry gets summer intern through program

Community

MARTINS FERRY — The city of Martins Ferry has a new summer intern helping with marketing, upgrading the city’s website and its new neighborhood revitalization effort, Project Forward. Brooke Robinson, a student at Ohio University Eastern studying communications and applied management, was ...

Switzerland BOE commits $2M to athletic facilities

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WOODSFIELD — The Switzerland of Ohio Board of Education made a major commitment to athletics Tuesday. After hearing presentations from all three high schools regarding how they plan to utilize the funds, board members voted 4-1 to provide Beallsville, Monroe Central and River with a ...

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36th mine rescue competition underway

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Photo by Alan Olson The Century Mine rescue team run drills of mine disaster scenarios Wednesday morning outside the former West Virginia Penitentiary in Moundsville during the 36th-annual Ohio Valley Mine Rescue Contest.

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Rock and Roll Up Your Sleeve

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T-L Photo/JANELL HUNTER Rayland resident Paige Phillips gives blood at the Martins Ferry Recreation Center on Tuesday during the “Rock & Roll Up Your Sleeve” Red Cross Blood Drive. Her blood is being drawn by Red Cross phlebotomist Janet Janesko, who is from Smithfield, Pa. Phillips ...

Top GOP lawmaker wounded; gunfire at baseball practice

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A top House Republican, Steve Scalise of Louisiana, was shot and wounded by a rifle-wielding gunman Wednesday at a congressional baseball practice just outside of Washington. Several other people were also wounded, and at least two were in critical condition. Capitol ...

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Gulfport Energy representatives appear before St. Clairsville City Council during a special meeting Tuesday regarding the installation of a water line for fracking near the Ohio Valley Mall. From left are Brett Marlow and Randy Wehler, land managers; and Bob Watkins of McDonald Land Services.


St. C council considers water line proposal

St. C. council considers water line proposal

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — City council held a special meeting Tuesday to hear a proposal from Gulfport Energy, requesting to place an above-ground portable waterline across city property behind Memorial Park in St. Clairsville. The line would be for the purpose of fracking beneath 640 acres known ...

Aggravated burglary case to go before grand jury

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — A Barnesville man accused of burglarizing a home in Somerton appeared in Belmont County Western Division Court Tuesday and his case will now go before a grand jury. Kyle Keiser, 30, appeared briefly before Judge Eric Costine and waived his right to a preliminary hearing. ...